Truck Carrying Cobalt-60 Hijacked In Mexico.

Alpine

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http://www.foxnews.com/world/2013/12/04/truck-carrying-radioactive-material-reportedly-stolen-in-mexico/

dear god.... it has finally happened someones got there hands on radioactive material... now the only question remains where will it turn up?
 

dameonmac14

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I'm not going to panic yet. It's a good chance the people who got it have no idea what they have, and just took the truck for the truck. It may just turn up somewhere after they try selling what they can and leave the rest.

This is not the first time it's happened either (lot of stuff gets stolen along the U.S/Mexican border, and it won't be the last. As to where it will end up, who knows. I'm not too worried; the machines along the border are sensitive to radioactive material and will detect them if they try to cross into the U.S.

As a side note, this is why you put GPS tracking on your stuff.
 

dameonmac14

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/12/04/world/americas/mexico-radioactive-theft/index.html

Well, seems they found the truck just now. Wonder if anything's missing.
Mexican authorities said they'd found the stolen truck and the container that had been holding radioactive cobalt Wednesday, hours after the International Atomic Energy Agency announced the theft.

The container was found about a kilometer away from the truck and had been opened, said Juan Eibens Chutz, head of Mexico's National Commission for Nuclear Security.

There was cobalt inside, but officials do not know whether any of the original cargo is missing, he said. Authorities were preparing to send a special team to the area, where radiation has been detected, he said.
 

DEFCON Warning System

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Possible victims from the stolen truck have turned up in a hospital.

http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/L/LT_MEXICO_RADIOACTIVE_THEFT?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2013-12-06-14-07-00

The article says that the Cobolt was giving off about 3000 Curries. Curry is a measure of activity, not dose-rate. There is a website called Rad Pro Calculator (http://www.radprocalculator.com) which will allow you to make a calculation from Curries to Roentgens (rads, rems are all essentially equivalent) as long as you're willing to make some assumptions. Assuming they were one meter away (it was said they took off the shielding), you're looking at about 3.8K rads an hour exposure. That's...really a lot. Good luck to them.
 

DEFCON Warning System

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Ryan said:
Since currie is activity, there is no defined equation for turning that into a dose rate, so whatever value you get, will be +/- the real dose rate as this is.

That's why I used the word "calculation" rather than "conversion".

Check out the website I listed. It seems fairly useful for estimations.
 
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